Building With Water With Andri Snær Magnason

Andri Snaer Magnasson began in on his super-entertaining, very funny and completely serious tale of what brought him to the southern reaches of Britain. Magnasson began with his attempts to get published – eventually through local supermarket magnates Bonus, before gradually building to his central involvement in large scale public protests and attempts to stop a massive dam project of central Highlands Iceland – the largest in Europe – which provided electrical energy for an Alcoa aluminium plant on the island’s Eastern coast. Though ultimately unsuccessful, through his Dreamland book and film activism Snaer was influential in shifting public opinion against damming of Iceland’s rivers and the destruction of its wildlife wetlands. By the end of his riveting story Magnasson had brought the house down, with his off-centre humour, had the MLF audience in the palm of his hand, and had imparted with radical lightness of touch, one instance of the water wars on the small mid-Atlantic island.

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